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Ann Arbor Learning Community

Charter | K-8 & ungraded | 247 students

 

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2011:
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Posted August 29, 2014

We had to leave this school due to frantic teacher turnover.While the overall ideals and education are aimed at the whole child everyday functionality of this school is lacking.The are and music classes although existent they function as clandestine entities in the school .The principal is nice but does not implement changes required by parents.Math is most kids weakness and display of kids frustrated over a math problem is common sighting on the hallways.Drama program taught by the Art teacher is great.Gardens are great too.The music teacher is good but overwhelmed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

I love this school. My daughter was there from kindergarten through to grade 8. The community structure is incredible, parents and students alike both feel it. My daughter has been taught how to learn here rather than just go through the motions. She learned to think independently and to question all things. I feel the community agreements here have fostered individuality rather than conforming to those around you. This is a fabulous school from having older kids mentor younger kids to working in the community garden. I searched for a school where I knew my daughter would be challenged, safe and to learn to love school and learning and that is what I found at AALC. The teachers are wonderful. It was a total positive experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2014

My children have attended this school since 2004. It seems to have grown too fast. Middle school experience is mediocre to poor. Teacher concerns not addressed since September. There is no where to turn with said concerns as the Principal or "Dean" as they prefer to call it is also in the same role as the Superintendent. There is a clear lack of transparency or accountability by the administrative staff.. Good school for elementary. Do not recommend for Middle school grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

Nothing is for everyone and AALC is no exception, This is our family's fifth year at the school, so it has obviously met most of our needs. My child is very comfortable here, removed from the aggressiveness of some of the kids in the regular public school he attended in grades K-2. I really have not heard of any bullying, contrary to what some have written here. I do have concerns about the academics in the strictest sense of the word, but really appreciate that the kids learn how to learn here. That, and the critical thinking skills they develop here will serve them well beyond the years of standardized testing we subject our kids to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

This school is unique in that they claim to be a tight community but there is very little accountability for the teachers. If something goes awry in the classroom or a child is not progressing or learning, the problem is always pushed back on the parents - the teachers are masters at pushing back and not resolving problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2012

I have very mixed feelings about this school. The most positive aspect of this school is the warm, supportive atmosphere. Classes are small and teachers really care. From teachers and the eighth graders down to the Kindergarteners, they all agree to maintain a supportive, respectful, and cooperative environment. We came to this school from a private school where my child had been bullied badly, so the safety of this school has been a godsend. On the other hand, I feel this school is very weak academically. While I am not in favor of the overly rigorous academics pushed in our public schools right now, I do feel my child will leave this school performing well below grade level. This is *not* a good school for a child with special needs. Although they will supported and cherished by the teachers, and they will benefit from the good social environment, the school is too small to offer much in the way of Special Education services. I do recommend this school for kids in primary school, because of the supportive, warm environment and lack of academic push. I don't recommend it for most intermediate or middle school kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

My child was at AALC for two years. All classes are blended so there was a grade 2-3 instead of two AND three. The classroom work was the same for all kids in the class regardless if they were grade 2 or 3. The next year, when grade 2 was promoted to grade 3, the kids were placed with the same teacher and given the same work as they had the previous year. What a waste and lack of progress for the kids! Special needs students were placed in the regular classrooms and my child spent two years with two children who would scream, cry, or have tantrums often. That was unsettling and disruptive for the class and made it difficult for my child to learn and perform. MEAP and other tests show that AALC is far behind Ann Arbor and Saline Area Schools, which appear to be the best public schools in the area. We had a great experience with a charter school where we moved from, so we chose South Arbor Charter Academy, which ranked slightly higher than the public schools and far exceeded AALC. My child was fortunate to be admitted there and needed special attention for the first year to catch up to classmates. If I could change the past, I would never have placed my child in AALC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

My kids have attended AALC from Kindergarten, and they have flourished at this community. The school has a fabulous community feel among the staff, students and parents. The small and multi-level classrooms are an excellent benefit for learning and fostering friendships. The reading buddies program is a wonderful learning activity for my children and has really made an impact on the reading level of my two children. I would recommend this school if you are looking for a small, intimate learning environment for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

I love this school. It has small class sizes of about 18-20 students, dedicated teachers who have been there for a long time, and a very involved parent community. Some things I like: * Math is on each kid's level - grades 2-8 have math at the same time, so kids go to the level that is right for them * Some teachers teach social studies with simulations, where kids act out the parts. It really comes alive! * Awesome writing program that gets kids excited about writing * Reading buddies: Kids read each week with a partner from a different grade, fostering cross-grade friendships and a love of reading * They don't "teach to the test" * Lots of racial and economic diversity * My daughter's grade is in charge of the organic herb garden. This year she learned to recognize several herbs, harvest & cook them, & save seeds * Peer-mediation program, & anti-bullying education * The art program is amazing! * Kids start public speaking in the early grades and become fairly comfortable with it over the years * My kid loves band! * A tradition of meeting people's needs, as individuals * The school is small enough to know each child as an individual. My kids really thrive on that
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

I find AALC to be a very nurturing and cultivating learning environment for its students in their educational and personal growth.


Posted August 31, 2011

The school was great when we 1st started there 4 years ago. But then my son fell further and further behind and wasn't getting any help. I had alot of meetings with the teachers and dean but nothing was done. I made the choice that my kids would not be returning and the school found out about it they were all ready to help. I am happy my kids will not be there this year. My son went 3 years with a boy who used to cry and scream at the top of his lungs and no one could learn. The teacher told kids to ignore him but how can you, Bad School with a couple good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

My child has excelled at AALC. From very low math scores to now testing proficient, from refusing to write to now enjoying writing again. The low stress, reduced pressure, small classes have been a blessing. This school nurtures the child socially, emotionally and academically. Although there are some problems within the school that are being addressed it is a caring, inclusive environment for children to grow in. Both parents and teachers are engaged in all aspects of the school and are encouraged to work together. Because the school is small most of the children know eachother. Older children are involved in mentoring younger children and there are very few problems with bullying. If you are looking for a school that offers the best academics in a traditional setting this is not it, but if you seek a school that nurtures the entire child while offering above average educational achievement AALC is a fine choice. The test scores show AALC offers enough for our children to grow in many ways in a warm caring environment that models mutual respect between all age groups. Remember, no school is perfect but this one is truly wonderful and working to improve it's weaknesses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

My family has had both good and bad experiences with this school. Unfortunately, the school is really just not academically strong. The good: great music program, caring teachers, smart dean, fun PTSO activities, ability to have a close relationship and good communication with the teachers. The bad: everything academic, the math program is abysmal, the large percentage of disruptive children with behavioral difficulties. If a child is stuggling socially or developmentally, this might be a great place for them. The school fails smart children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

My kids both had great experiences in the kindergarten and first grade, but recently the school laid off an excellent and experienced teacher and then hired a brand new one. The culture of the school is becoming punitive with kids getting sent to the "blue chairs" every time the teacher can't or doesn't want to handle anything. For lunch they have to sit for 30 minutes and are sent to the bench if they talk too much. There is very little about this school that is progressive anymore
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

This school lacks academic and behavioral accountability to the children and the parents. Many children cycle through the school, and given that's it's in Ann Arbor, a university town, it artificially inflates their scores. The turnover rate is impressive. My child attended and needed significant academic remediation for the year he learned very little. It's true, one of the four guiding principles at the school is the right to pass, even on academic subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2011

WE really love this school and appreciate that as a parent we can be as involved as we want. We have had both children that have been through the earily primary (K/1st) and one that has been through primary (2nd/3rd) and now in intermediate (4th/5th). we love the fact that the intermediate students are encourage to submit a project for the National History Day Competition. The early primary teachers are wonderful and have really started out children out on a great path. The additional IOWA tests really help determine how our kids are doing nationwide (instead of the MEAPS that only look at MI). Overall I would recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

Im actually a student in aalc, i have been here for eight years as has my best friend. we both think that the school could have more potential if they hired more competent educationally inclined staff. maybe someone thats not still in college getting their first masters. both me and my friend where viciously humilated and neglected in second grade by staff and student alike. these same humiliation tactics were practiced in every grade accept third and sixth. my second grade educator spread ruors to all parents and teachers that i was a so called "Juvinile Delinquent" when i understood most of the concept better than the teachers themselves. over all in eight years if i could rate this school a zero i would.


Posted April 25, 2011

AALC has been a very nurturing environment for my son who has special needs. The whole staff has been supportive and communicative. His teacher continues to go above and beyond to help him learn. I think she does an excellent job at the multi-age planning. He loves this school and you sure can't beat the class size. Check it out, but you better hurry. They already have a wait list for some grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

This school is a well kept secret! Our family has been at the school for the past three years and are very happy with everything there. Check it out for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

Ann Arbor Learning Community is a gem of a school that still sparkles despite its leadership. We've been members of AALC for the last 5 years. During that time, we've fallen in love with the community of parents, children and teachers. Unfortunately, their current administrator is very flawed (as of 2010-2011 school year). Pros: Teaching philosophy that is a great blend of child-led learning and traditional, actively involved community, elective fun 'courses' each Friday, organic gardens for each classroom & whole school, multi-age setting, fun all school events, in my experience very pro-active whenever a problem arrises! Cons: Incompetent communication from school administrator, unskillful leadership (as of 2010-2011 school year), while kids have BIG FUN on the playground there are some missed opportunities for play options, sometimes too understated with school tours (they don't 'sell' as seamlessly as other schools).
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Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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36%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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44%

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44%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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77%

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74%

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67%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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29%

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33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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70%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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10%

2013

 
 
28%

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8%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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50%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 69%
Multiracial 18% 2%
African-American 8% 18%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 121%N/A48%
Female 244%N/A48%
Male 256%N/A52%
Source: 1 MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr. Wayne Millette
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